I posted this below, but now in browsing down through deeper replies, I see that the GP's comment is tied to what I suggested about Karma and I'd like to expand on it.
Use Karma to decide starting moderation score. Sure, some people will abuse this by shitposting once in a blue moon because they can, but that will get moderated down. That's really a long tradition here.
I' d forgotten about New York Country Lawyer, but that's a great example of someone who consistently posted amazing stuff, and who should have often started off with a bit higher moderation than he did. It doesn't have to be much either. If most people are browsing at +2, having really high Karma might allow you to post at +3. Then you'd start above the noise.
99% positive moderation? Maybe +4.
If it's easier to lose Karma based off of downmods than it is to gain it through upmods, people will need to regularly post decent comments to stay above the noise. This is going to take some delicate balancing and some trial and error, but it could do wonders for the comments here.
Yes, with one condition. That you don't automate this, and reserve the right to prevent them from showing up.
Because I've been here long enough (refused to sign up and posted AC for years until signing up was sort-of necessary to be visible) to know that we will always have a bunch of stupid yahoos with too much free time on their hands dicking around. Internet posters have a serious quality problem that's fine when you have checks in place (moderation isn't half bad here, e.g.) but which destroy sites when you don't. You can't count on enough 'News for nerds, stuff that matters' people to counteract a bunch of morons with a lot of free time when it comes to what gets posted on the front page.
The firehose is a great asset, but only if you leverage it properly and put some limits and checks on it. You can't rely on us doing that for you.
So I haven't had the time recently to participate as a commenter, but I still skim a bit. This opportunity made me log back in - well done. Check my sig from 2-3 years ago - I've hated what
Consider leveraging Karma much more.
* Karma impacts posting frequency limits and initial comment moderation level upon post
* Gain Karma for upmods, lose for downmods
* Gain Karma for metamoderating and voting on the Firehose
* Lose Karma for moderating
* Sell a little Karma to support the site
* Trade Karma for Ad Views. View to get Karma, spend Karma to not see Ads
As long as you can get 90% of the benefit from participating, nobody will bat an eye at being able to buy 10% more Karma to help support the site. If you go too far into 'pay to say', you'll find a hostile crowd.
Considering that there will be asteroid mining in future, which I believe to be feasible, and that it will basically be prospected by autonomous systems (rovers or robots) I can predict a lawless situation, where group of space pirates, commanding space drones that will disable or destroy regular established company's equipment.
No law from UN nor USA will be able to legislate where there is no law enforcement.
I DO think that brazilian legislators are as corrupt as they were 10 years ago (2003) or 15 years ago (1998).
They will sell themselves so they can have their own Apple iPhones without having to struggle into "popular prices shoppings"
And Brazil IS still a "Banana Republic". Do you really think that rich people will ever be arrested for driving drunk?
If Apple buys Grandiente it will be a win-win situation.
Gradiente was a recognizable brand in Brazil until early 2000's. It has licensed products from Sony, Pioneer, Alpine, JVC, Nokia, Atari, Nintendo in Brazil, including Nokia 7110 (The Matrix Cellphone). This caused a very good impression on the quality of their products
On middle 2000's Gradiente went into bankrupt. The brand was sold and the new owner has put it on hold until now.
IMO Grandiente don't have a bright future ahead. Their only chance is to sell the company, or only the brand iPhone, to Apple, and hope to license other brands again.
Although brazilians laws can be compared to most developed countries in world the execution is rarely satisfactory.
Suing a company such as Apple could take up to 10 years, and the value will be not much higher then the cost of the fake iPhone.
New systems generate new problems.